Trek around Mt. Dhaulagiri via French Pass and Hidden Valley

Dream Wanderlust

Category: trekking
Date of Publication: Apr 16 , 2015

Dream Wanderlust recently ventured on a trek around Mt. Dhaulagiri in Nepal (8,167 m) on 2nd October, 2014. The team started the trek from Beni village, Nepal and ended at the village of Marpha via French Pass (5,360m), Hidden Valley and Thapa Pass (5,250 m).

Trail and Camps:
Drive to Darbang from Pokhara via Beni. Trek starts from the village Takam and ends at the village of Marpha. Takam can be reached from Beni by Bus.
Darbang(4th oct, 2014)- Beni - Takam - Muri(1st camp 5th oct, 2014) - Boghara (2nd camp 5th oct, 2014)- Dovan(3rd camp 6th oct, 2014) - Salaghari(4th camp 7th oct, 2014) - Italian Camp (5th camp 8th oct, 2014)- French Camp (6th camp 9th oct, 2014)- Dhaulagiri Base Camp(7th camp 10th oct, 2014) - French Pass - Hidden Valley (8th camp 12th oct, 2014)- Thapa Pass - Yak Kharka - Marpha(13th oct, 2014) - Beni

Team: Avijit Sur, Rahul Chakraborty, Nilanjan Patra, Pritam Das Sharma, Supratim Mukherjee, Manojit Ghosh, Atul Mishra, Suman Tamang (Guide) and five HAP.

Mt. Dhaulagiri as seen from Pokhara
River KaliGandagi, Beni
Village Darbang
On the way towards Takam
Takam Village
Nepali Daju, Takam
Sibang Village
Enroute to Muri
Crossing the river bridge to get Muri Village
Ridge before Muri (Mudi) village
Manapathi mountain range with Dhaulagiri in the back, as seen just before Muri Village
Entering into Muri
Entire Muri Village as seen from the Campsite
View of Gurja Himal from Muri Camp site
Western part of the Himal
Gurja Himal
Ridge after crossing Mudi Khola
A long march on the ridge after the Naura Village
Trail to the village, Bagar (Boghara)
View of Himal before Boghara
Village Jeltung, the last village to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek comes after 10 mins from Boghara
Jeltung Campsite
Trekking along the left bank of the river, Myagdi Khola
The dense forest comes after the Boghara
NIght view of Myagdi Matha from Dobhan Campsite
Dobhan Campsite
Crossing a landslide zone
Again the dense forest which continues upto Sallaghari
Sallaghari Campsite
South face of Mt. Dhaulagiri
Moraine zone starts after Sallaghari
First light
View of the left ridge
Mt. Dhaulagiri west wing
Enroute to Italian Base Camp (3660m)
View before Italian Camp
Fall color
At Italian Base Camp
Sunset at the Mt. Dhaulagiri
The peak seen from Italian Base Camp
A glacier snout comes after the Italian Camp
A steep descent to get the glacier
After crossing the glacier even more steep ascend welcomes
Beautiful Grassland before Swiss Camp
View of Dhaulagiri V
Pleasant trail
Mt. Dhaulagiri V (7618m)
Enroute Swiss Camp
Swiss Camp (3730m)
Myagdi Valley
Avalanche comes down on the Dhaulagiri face
Climbing on Chorbardan Glacier
Snout of the Chorbardan glacier
on the glacier
Dhaulagiri base
Dhaulagiri Himal
Frozen Glacial lake
Dhaulagiri north-west face
On the glacial trail
Mt. Tukuche
A day long march
Enroute Dhaulagiri Base camp
Gacial table top
Overhang Glacier
Dhaulagiri from deposit camp
Towards the base camp
Icefall zone on the right side
Glacial sclupture
Table tops
A temporary camp before the main base camp
Way to the North col
Approaching the Base Camp
Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m)
Tukuche side
Mt. Dhaulagiri from the Base Camp
Dhaulagiri II (7751)
First light touches the top
Approaching the French Pass
Moraine zone
Climbing on a rocky scree
Coming onto the ridge
On the top of the scree
Approaching French Pass
On the French Pass
Frech Pass (5360m)
Mt. Tukuche (6920m) from the pass
Mt. Sitachuchura (6611m)
Team Dream Wanderlust on the French Pass
The view of Hidden Valley from the Pass
Coing down to the Hidden Valley
Way to the Hidden Valley with Tukuche and Dhaulagiri in the background
Mukut Himal
Camp at the Hidden Valley
Way down the Hidden valley to the north side
Mystic afternoon at the Hidden Valley
View of the northen portion of the Hidden valley from the trail towards Thapa Pass
Thapa Pass (Dhampus Pass) (5082m)
On the Kali Gandaki side
Mt. Niligiri is insight
Glimpse of the Kali Gandaki gorge, deepest river gorge of the world
A snowy trail
Coimg down the gorge
View of the river, Kali Gandaki from the windy Batasi dara
Mustang side
View of Jomsom
Yak Kharka camp
View of Marpha
Apple orchad at the village of Marpha
Back to the Pokhara
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